Mardi MAY’s Book Group

Interested in expanding your knowledge and meeting up with like minded friends?

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE books. And part of a sustainable regular meditation and/or yoga practice is staying motivated – and this is where books can really help!

Reading other points of view, wisdom and practices from those that are already walking the path can do wonders for your experience. And, if you’re anything like me, you find this kind of study fun 🙂

For those that can’t make book group meet ups, but like to read meditation and yoga stuff, I’ve also included a our past reading list below which you might like to explore.

How does Book Group work?

This book group has been a work in progress and creation, at present it runs like this:

  • For those that are interested we’ll be reading a book over each term at our own pace (terms run from 9-11wks)
  • Towards the end of term I’ll email book group participants with time options to meet at a cafe or communal space to discuss. This may be at the end of term, during the break, or the beginning of the following term
  • The venue will be south – like Deep Blue Cafe on Moana Esplanade (tbc per meetup)
  • Joining book group is free – the only costs are the book (if you decide to buy it) and any coffee/tea/treats you buy at the meetups

And please keep in mind – I want this group to be a group creation, so please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts 🙂

What will you discuss?

Download/Print Book Group Discussion Points PDF Here

As a rough guide to how we’ll discuss the book I invite you to consider the following:

  • What did you like or dislike about the book?
  • Were there any insights (a-ha moments) or practices you were particularly interested in?
  • What was your favourite verse/quote/passage?
  • How did you enjoy the author’s writing style?
  • Has this book given you any inspiration for further study or practice?
  • How would you review this book? (eg. out of 5 with comment)

What are you reading now?

Term 1 2020 – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


The Number One international bestseller, Eat, Pray Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression and heartbreak.

It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing : pleasure, devotion and balance.

So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace : simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

Why I chose it

I think I’ve listened (audio book) to this 3 or 4 times and loved it. In audio version it’s read by the author which may give it a different feel – but I’ve wanted to experience the book itself for years. I find the story elicits a sense of ‘wonderlust’, which to me is where you want to get out of your life and discover things you’ve never experienced before. I’ve found the story hopeful, and I’m looking forward to sharing it as our first book for the year – and see what adventures it might bring to our group if any of us dare step out and try something new :).

Past Book Group Texts

  • Term 4, 2019: ‘The Happiness Trap’ by Russ Harris
  • Term 3, 2019: ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Term 2, 2019: ‘Conversations with God Book 1’ by Neale Donald Walsch
  • Term 1, 2019: ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho
  • Term 4, 2018: ‘Mindfulness For Beginners’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Term 3, 2018: ‘Enlightenment to Go’ by David Michie
  • Term 2, 2018: ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle

Where can I get book group books?

  • I purchase limited copies to sell – so you may be able to buy from me at sessions where I have my little ‘shop’. Cash is preferred but credit card purchases are also available (small fee applies)
  • You can also purchase online through places like and or  for e-books
  • Or, request to order into your local book store (if you have one) or request to borrow from your local library (if you don’t plan to mark it, which I often do for my book group/study texts)
  • I also offer a book buying service – if you don’t like to order online. See more details below

I don’t know where I’d be without my books, and I know many people are the same. For my ‘other job’ I work in libraries, so for me the value of books and reading is a big part of life. Let me know if you have any more questions here 🙂

Book Buying Service

Don’t like ordering online? I’ll do it for you 🙂

For a small service fee of $5 per order, plus the cost of the book/s, I’m happy to:

  • Source the best online option/price
  • Pay for the book with my own online accounts (pre-payment required)
  • Have it sent either directly to you, or have your order delivered to me – to give to you at class/session (or maybe delivered if you live close by)

Please note: postage and credit card fees may apply. Total will be advised before ordering, and order will only be placed once payment is received.

Any questions please contact me here